Dragonlance Nexus News Issue #58: 8/21/2007
WELCOME TO THE INN!
Greetings, friends and fellow companions, and welcome back to the Inn of the Last Home. I know it has been some time since I last wrote this newsletter, for which I deeply apologize. Without boring you to tears, we'll just say that Real Life has been beating up on me lately. I'll endeavor to make up for it.
We have a lot of info to cover, from GenCon to the Dragonlance movie to the latest D&D news, so let's get right to it!
GENCON 2007 GENERAL THOUGHTS
I'm going to start with some general thoughts from GenCon, then go into some more specific materials.
GenCon this year was a blast. I got to hang out with a bunch of friends from the Dragonlance community, and we had fun. I got to meet Valharic, my co-host for the podcast, as well as several folks from the forums. Check out www.dlcanticle.com for a couple of GenCon special reports, and keep listening for our upcoming recap episode.
Killer Breakfast was fun, as always, even though I didn't get up on stage. There were, however, some celebrity guests, including Gary Gygax, Ed Greenwood, Margaret Weis, and Jason Marsden.
While I didn't get to play any of the demo games, I did get to play in a game that Tal ran. It was whacky, goofy fun! I also got to meet some celebs from Who Wants to be a Superhero, including Major Victory, Fat Momma, and Feedback. They were all very nice. I bet you didn't know that Feedback is a Dragonlance fan!
Also, I got to hang out with the guys from the Fear the Boot podcast. What a fantastic bunch of guys. If you're not already subscribed, go to their site and subscribe today. They're a great group and have some of the best gaming advice out there.
I also had the chance to hang out at the Dragonlance Q&A as well as the Dragonhearth live seminar. Both were fun, though no major new revelations this year. The big talk was the Dragonlance movie!
THE DRAGONLANCE MOVIE!
The big news this year was the Dragonlance movie. We saw a preview of the movie, and I have to say that it looks absolutely sharp. The blending of 2D and 3D animation is beautiful. The pic of the constellations is gorgeous. The voices are great. Kiefer Sutherland is fantastic as Raistlin. The soundtrack is fantastic, and hopefully it will be released as well.
I had the opportunity to meet Jason Marsden, the voice of Tasslehoff. Jason even has the build of Tas, and would be the perfect fit for Tas in a live-action movie if one was ever made. He was incredibly nice and a lot of fun. Jason got to play his first D&D game at one of the Dragonlance demos where he played Tas. He also appeared at Tracy Hickman's Killer Breakfast, where he transformed from a kender to a T-Rex. Seeing Jason impersonating a T-Rex (claws and all!) was hilarious.
I also snagged a promotional poster with Tas' pic on it that Jason signed, as well as collector cards for the movie, featuring Tas, Flint, and Sturm. The whole experience was wonderful, and I got the sniffles from being so happy to see the movie come to be.
NEXUS WINS A GOLD ENNIE!
It is with deep pride that I announce that the Dragonlance Nexus has won a gold Ennie Award for best fan site. I wanted to say thank you to everyone who took the time to vote. I can't say how much this means to me.
When fans get together for a common cause, they can create wonders. All of you have helped to make the Nexus what it is, so this victory is yours. Take pride that, by working together, we created something truly wonderful.
I wanted to say a big thanks to Denise from the Ennie Awards who sought me out to make certain I made the award ceremony. Denise is a class act. Also, kudos to Planewalker for taking home the silver! Way to go, guys!
D&D 4th EDITION!
After months of rumor, Wizards of the Coast has announced the release of Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition in May 2008. From what information I've heard, it will be a similar system to the Star Wars Saga Edition rules. For more information, check out Wizards of the Coast's website.
So how does this affect the Dragonlance RPG? I've spoken with several people at GenCon about this, and we all agree that we want to build upon the work set down by Margaret Weis Productions. The Nexus will be working on a conversion document so that you can use your 3rd edition Dragonlance books with the new rules. The Nexus supports Dragonlance gaming in all editions.
No, novel fans, I have not forgotten about you! Dragons of the Highlord Skies, by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, is out now, and is a great read. I'm particularly fond of page 46. ;-) The Rebellion, by Jean Rabe, is book one in the Stonetellers trilogy, featuring the goblins. The Taladas trilogy concludes with Shadows of the Flame.
Other upcoming novel releases include Destiny, book three of the Elven Exiles series out in September, and Protecting Palanthas in October.
For you gamers, Races of Ansalon and Tasslehoff's Map Pouch: Legends should be out and Dragons of Krynn is on its way. I got my print copies of all of these at GenCon, and they look fabulous. Coming soon, Dragons of Winter!
DRAGONLANCE CANTICLE PODCAST!
Guys, check out the Dragonlance Canticle for part one of a recent interview with Chris Pierson in episode 7. Plus a couple of GenCon reports from Valharic, with a GenCon special on the way.
By the way, you can send in your questions via e-mail at podcast (at) dlnexus (dot) com and we will read them on the show. Or send us an MP3 with your question.
I LOVE EXCLAMATIONS!
As you guys can see, I'm really excited about what's to come. The world of Krynn continues to grow and develop, and there are lots of fun things to come.
I'll see you next time, guys.
Long Live the Lance!